LibriVox recording of Travels in West Africa, by Mary H. Kingsley. Read by Kehinde.
Mary Henrietta Kingsley (13 October 1862 – 3 June 1900) was an British explorer and writer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and its people. Kingsley was an outspoken critic of European colonialism, a champion for indigenous customs, and a dedicated campaigner for a revised British policy which supported traders and merchants over the needs of settlers and missionaries.
Her adventures were extraordinary and fascinating. Among other things she fought with crocodiles, fell into native spear traps and was caught in a tornado on the slopes of Mount Cameroon. She traveled in West Africa wearing the same clothes she always wore in England: long, black, trailing skirts, tight waists, high collars and a small fur cap. These same clothes saved her life when she fell into a game pit, the many petticoats protecting her from being impaled on the stakes below.
This is her story in her own words of her adventures and the people and culture of West Africa. (Summary by Kehinde)
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November 6, 2011 Subject:
I enjoyed this a great deal.
The author, Kinglsey, is an excellent study in contradictions. A scholar, but not in favor of the equality of women ,and horrifed by trousers. In favor of native rights, and yet in favor of slavery if pracitsed by natives. Such a complex and odd character, and so widely traveled (in search of freshwater fish?) Truly an amazing story.